The Builder portion of the Health House™ program addresses the American Lung Association mission to prevent lung disease and promote lung health by combining sound medical science and first-class building science and by providing credible information and education to homeowners and industry professionals regarding home design, renovation, and operation, with a focus on indoor air quality (IAQ), energy efficiency, and durability.
The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest Health House™ Builder Guidelines are the cornerstone of the Health House™ program. They are among the most stringent standards in the construction industry and set significantly higher standards than local building codes. The Builder Guidelines provide standards pertaining to site selection, foundation design, framing techniques, HVAC systems, and interior finishes and furnishings. In order to obtain Health House™ recognition, the builder must attain at least 90% of the total points, and 100% of the points available from the Final Performance Test. A home built according to the requirements provided by the Health House™ Builder Guidelines will have improved air quality, better energy efficiency, and more environmentally friendly features than an average home.
Following the program guidelines may require use of trained consultants who can assist builders and homeowners during the construction process and provide final performance testing ensuring Health House program guidelines are met.